Veterans and Radiation Exposure
Many veterans throughout history have been exposed to radiation. From the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in Nevada, veterans and their families harbor the concern that their illnesses are caused by exposure to ionizing radiation (IR).
They're not the only ones. Other veterans may have been exposed to radiation as well. These include nuclear submariners, veterans of the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom who were exposed to radiation in many different forms. Some experienced nuclear fallout — a residual radiation hazard from a nuclear explosion — while others worked with radioactive materials. These veterans often feel that radiation has caused their illnesses — especially cancer.
Programs Available to Vets Suffering from Radiation Exposure
The government has heard their concerns. There are special VA programs available for veterans, including proper medical treatment for conditions possibly related to radiation. Unfortunately, gaining access to these programs can be difficult. It can seem almost impossible to do it correctly, especially if you are already struggling with adverse health effects as a result of exposure to radiation.
If you served in any branch of the armed forces — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard — and have been mentally or physically harmed as a result of exposure to radiation during service, you may be eligible for disability benefits.
The large number of claims could mean lengthy delays and erroneous denials for you. The best way to avoid problems with your claim is to hire an attorney or an advocate to handle your claim for veterans benefits. Call 888-573-7838 nationwide for a free initial consultation or simply complete the online contact form. Our VA-accredited claims agents serve the victims of radiation exposure, helping them achieve the best possible results.